On Palm Sunday, when Christians remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans enacted its own triumphal entry—or reentry. Since Hurricane Katrina and the breaking of the levees flooded the church with 28 inches of water, the congregation had been holding services in a room on the church’s second floor.
Seven months later, building renovations were far enough along that the congregation could return to the sanctuary. So on April 9, the last Sunday of Lent, members concluded their upstairs worship service by carrying their chairs down to the sanctuary in preparation for Easter Sunday.
Photographer Toni Greaves first visited the Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, in 2008. She was accompanying a writer working on an article about how nuns were using the Internet to promote their communities. Greaves was so taken by the vibrant life she saw in the monastery that she visited the place repeatedly over the next seven years and documented one sister’s journey toward final vows. Greaves’s book of images, Radical Love, came out last month (New York Times, September 5).